The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation's technological progress and achievement.

The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.

Upcoming Events

January 23, 2017

Are you an inventor looking to protect your idea but unsure of which application to file? Then join us as we go over the differences between Utility and Design Patent applications and the advantages of filing a Provisional and/ or Non Provisional Utility Patent Application. We will also go over the...

January 24, 2017

Join us for a free public seminar for inventors, entrepreneurs, educators, students and legal professionals. Learn from experts from the US Patent and Trademark Office Resource Center Program. Topics covered include an overview of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets and how to conduct...

January 24, 2017

As part of its Patents Education Curriculum, the Silicon Valley USPTO will host a two-hour workshop on patent searching. Learn to search databases used by patent examiners on the USPTO Universal Public Workstations (UPWS) which are publicly available at the regional office. A supervisory patent...

January 25, 2017

The North Carolina Bar Association Intellectual Property Section Patent Law Subcommittee is hosting a 3-hour (including lunch) Patent Quality Update. Subject matter experts from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be on hand to discuss patent quality programs and current guidance on subject...

January 27, 2017

Are you an independent inventor trying to get more information on the patenting process? Join us for this free training and opportunity to learn the basics and meet with examiners to help answer your questions about your ideas. Date and Time: January 27, 2017 (Friday) 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET...

January 31, 2017

The Silicon Valley USPTO is hosting its first Design Patent Brown Bag Lunch and Learn session in its San Jose office January 31, from noon to 1:00 PM. A supervisory patent examiner will give an overview of the design patent system and answer general design patent questions during a live information...

February 2, 2017

Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? The Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan hosts an introduction to intellectual property concepts followed by a tour of Midwest Regional Office resources every first Thursday of each month. This session is for aspiring...

February 3, 2017

The Silicon Valley USPTO serving the West Coast region will host an informational public tour from noon to 1:00 PM Pacific Time. Participants will tour the office and learn about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the services and resources it provides to the public, famous inventors from the...

February 4, 2017

The USPTO will provide a series of programming regarding intellectual property at the Denver Public Library. The first part in the series will focus on an introduction to intellectual property, and the attendee will learn about the different types of intellectual property that exist. From there, a...

February 14, 2017

Join us for a free public seminar for innovators, entrepreneurs, students, and startups at Ann Arbor Spark on the various types of intellectual property, protecting your intellectual property, the patent process, and various resources available to inventors and entrepreneurs. The event will be...

News & Updates

January 9, 2017 USPTO Announces New Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced new Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). The Public Advisory…

December 12, 2016 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced

U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced Today, the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) released the 2017-2019 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, which offers a blueprint for coordinating resources and…